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OPSWA Officers

President

Randy Heath, a member of the OPSWA Hall of Fame, has worked in the newspaper business for 30-plus years. He was a longtime writer for the Jackson County Times Journal and also worked in radio in Jackson. Heath has served as the OPSWA president on numerous occasions and played a primary role in the recent revitalization of the OPSWA. He is currently the mayor of the Jackson and President of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

First Vice President

Eric Frantz has covered high school sports for the past 14 years after graduating from Ashland University in 1998. He started his career at the Centerville-Bellbrook Times and the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette before starting the Miami Valley Sports Magazine and Miamivalleysports.com. Frantz is currently the managing editor of JJHuddle.com and is an active writer for MaxPreps.com. Frantz was named the OPSWA’s D-III Sportswriter of the Year in 2002.

Second Vice President

Rob McCurdy is a 1988 graduate of River Valley High School in Marion and a 1992 journalism grad of Bowling Green State University. He has worked in newspapers since 1990 and currently works at the Marion Star. He is a past president of OPSWA and was also a part of the group that resurrected the association.

Secretary

Todd Stumpf has been covering high school sports for 20-plus years for the Medina Gazette and Post Newspapers, in addition to freelancing for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, among others. He has a Master’s degree in communication studies with published thesis on newspaper coverage of high school sports by gender. Stumpf is also a four-time OPSWA Sportswriter of the Year, including the 2012 Sportswriter of the Year in Division V.

Treasurer

Jamie Baker has worked at The Findlay Courier for 18 years, taking over as the newspaper’s sports editor on Jan. 1. A member of the OHSAA’s Media Advisory Committee, Baker oversees a staff of three full-time and three part-time sports writers covering high school sports for 31 schools in Northwest Ohio as well as three colleges.

Officer Duties

The initial list of possible officer duties includes:
  • Review membership and new registrations
  • Create a process for publicly honoring sportswriters at OHSAA state tournaments
  • Assist with the annual writing contest
  • Determine membership benefits
  • Plan the annual statewide sportswriters meeting
  • Have oversight of the OPSWA budget
  • Update district media directories for posting on OPSWA website
  • Serve on the OPSWA Hall of Fame committee
  • Develop a process for future officer selections